IVF legal issues to be examined

Health Ministry appoints c'tee to explore controversial issues.

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June 8, 2010 06:28
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The Health Ministry has appointed a committee to make recommendations on legislation regarding controversial issues on fertility and parenthood – from whether to inform children born with donated sperm about the identity of their fathers, to sex selection of embryos, age limitations for in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and the restriction of unconventional families from subsidized assisted reproduction techniques.

New Health Ministry director- general Dr. Ronni Gamzu gave the committee, headed by Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef, a year to study the issues and present recommendations.

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Mor-Yosef, a gynecologist by profession, is director-general of the Hadassah Medical Organization. Ten other members will represent the medical, legal, philosophy, medical ethics and social work fields.

Some of the issues are currently regulated without legislation and have been criticized by affected groups, from homosexuals and lesbians who want their health funds to pay for infants produced by IVF treatments, to couples who want to choose the sex of their babies via preimplantation genetic diagnosis. Other issues to be discussed include IVF procedures that begin abroad, where ova can be purchased, with would-be parents wanting to be implanted in Israel.

The panel will investigate the controversial issues, taking into consideration technological advances, ethical considerations, the right to parenthood, the good of the child, Halacha, social changes, and policies in other countries, the ministry statement said on Monday.


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